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Friday, March 8

LIBERATION The Democratic Club of Claremont welcomes guest speaker Christine Gatson-Michalak of White People 4 Black Lives and Claremont AWARE (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere), who will discuss “Identifying Your Personal Stake in Collective Liberation,” at the group’s March luncheon at Eddie’s Italian Eatery, 1065 W. Foothill Blvd. The 12:45 p.m. talk is free, but the 11:45 a.m. family style meal is $17 and includes beverage, tax and tip. The volunteer group White People 4 Black Lives partners with Black Lives Matter, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and other groups. For information click on claremontdems.org, email jackncarolee@verizon.net, or call (909) 632-1516.

FRIDAY NOON FEATURES SCHUMANN Scripps College’s free Friday Noon Concert series continues at 12:15 p.m. with Todor Pelev, violin, and Douglas Ashcraft, piano, performing Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 at Balch Auditorium, 1030 Columbia St., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu.

MINGLE, MUNCH Claremont senior social group Mingle and Munch will celebrate Mardi Gras with entertainment by the Citrus College Jazz Band from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Rd. Admission is $15 (payable at the time of reservation) and includes beverages, food and entertainment. Open to persons age 50 and over. For reservations call (909) 399-5488 or visit claremontrec.com.                 

Saturday, March 9

THE FACEBOOK CATASTROPHE Former Mark Zuckerberg mentor Roger McNamee will participate in this year’s Drucker Day, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont. Tickets are $10 for students on up to $50 for general admission. Mr. McNamee will discuss his new book, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe with Drucker School Dean Jenny Darroch. Other participants include CNN contributor Ryan Patel and the World Health Organization’s Walt Johnson, who will explore the societal impact of organizations. Registration is required at https://bit.ly/2RvSOzr. For information click on eventbrite.com and search “Drucker Day,” or email drucker.day@cgu.edu.

PLANT A TREE Sustainable Claremont’s busy Green Crew tackles Wheeler Park, 626 Vista Dr., Claremont, today with another tree planting event from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Bring transportation, shovels and gloves for a fun-filled, family-friendly morning. RSVPs are required via email at greencrew@sustainableclaremont.org. More info is available by calling (800) 948-1519.

CSO IN FREE SHOW Claremont Concert Orchestra performs a free concert at 8 p.m. at Garrison Theater, 241 E. 10th St. The orchestra will play French masterworks by Fauré, Saint-Saëns and Ravel under the direction of David Cubek. The show repeats Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. More info is at scrippscollege.edu/events.

Sunday, March 10

MARKETING 101 Claremont Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Harvard Avenue between First and Bonita. It’s a chance to purchase some unique gifts, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants, artisan soaps, jewelry, clothing, juices, honey, nuts and cheeses. More info is at claremontforum.org/claremont-farmers-market.

Monday, March 11

REMINISCE WITH FRIENDS Local senior group Reminisce with Friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Joslyn Senior Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. The event is free and open to the public. “Join us for another great session of conversation and storytelling, focused on a variety of subjects about the lives of the group and other unique topics,” a press release read. “Space is limited, so come early and often!”

TACKLING THE BARD The Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley meets at 2 p.m. today at the Joslyn Center, 660 N. Mountain Ave., Claremont. This month’s free Bard fest features professor and actress Linda Bisesti discussing “Shakespeare’s Language.” “When Hamlet bemoans ‘the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,’ we readily identify, but when he goes on about the ‘mortal coil,’ a ‘quietus,’ and a bare ‘bodkin,’ he leaves us in the etymological dust,” a press release read. Light refreshments. For information email lucylynch@aol.com or call (909) 717-1109.

Tuesday, March 12

TALK: LA PHIL’S CENTENNIAL The University Club of Claremont hosts an open to the public luncheon and discussion, “Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Centennial,” with guest speaker and Claremont native Gail Samuel, executive director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Center, 1700 Danbury Rd., Claremont. A $20 meeting fee includes a buffet lunch. Ms. Samuel’s presentation on the LA Phil includes its history, iconic venues, and centennial celebrations. She oversees non-classical programming by the Association at both the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall, management of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, human resources and special projects. She has worked for LA Phil for more than 25 years. More information is available at universityclubofclaremont.org.

LATIN JAZZ Barb Catlin directs the Pomona College Jazz Ensemble in a free and open afternoon of Latin jazz favorites by Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Rebeca Mauleon, Antonio Carlos Jobin and others at 4:30 p.m. at Lyman Hall, 340 N. College Ave., Claremont. More info is at pomona.edu/events.

REMEMBERING, AGING AND THE BRAIN Claremont Senior Program presents a free 5:30 p.m. lecture as part of its After Work series, “Remembering, Aging and the Brain,” with Don MacKay, UCLA professor emeritus. The event takes place in Pomona College’s Rose Hills Theater at the Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. Mr. MacKay will present on his 50 years of research with Henry M., an ordinary man who became famous by devoting his life to helping scientists understand his memory, mind and brain. Henry underwent brain surgery at age 27, which inadvertently destroyed his hippocampus, leaving him with amnesia. Dr. MacKay will discuss his research’s implications on strengthening memory, aging’s effects on the brain and more. Light refreshments will be served. To pre-register or for more info call (909) 399-5488.

Wednesday, March 13

SEEDS FOR THE SEASON The Claremont Garden Club’s March meeting will feature Renee Shepherd discussing how the garden seed business works and an introduction to some new and unique varieties to grow this season. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the talk at 7 p.m. in Pilgrim Place’s Napier Building, 660 Avery Rd. Ms. Shepherd is the founder and owner of Renee’s Garden and Shepherd Garden Seeds catalog. She has provided gardeners nationwide with heirloom and specialty seeds (herbs, vegetables and flowers) from around the world since 1984, now with an expanding line of certified organic varieties. She has recently added plants, roots and tubers—culinary herbs, onion plants and garlic sets—and many interesting potatoes. More information is at claremontgardenclub.org, (909) 621-6381 or via email at info@claremontgardenclub.org.

SHELVING JUSTICE The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College, 385 E. Eighth St., hosts a free and open to the public 6:15 p.m. lecture, “Shelving Justice: The National Problem of Untested Sexual Assault Kits,” with guest speaker Rebecca Campbell. “Sexual assault kits (SAKs; also termed ‘rape kits’), contain biological evidence that can be tested for DNA to assist in the investigation and prosecution of criminal sexual assaults,” read an Ath press release. “However, in jurisdictions throughout the United States, police have not been submitting rape kits for DNA testing and instead they are put in storage, untested and forgotten for years, sometimes decades.” Ms. Campbell, professor of psychology at Michigan State University, will review the scope of this problem in the US and examine the underlying reasons why this problem is occurring in so many communities. More information is at cmc.edu/athenaeum/open-events, (909) 621-8244 or at athenaeum@cmc.edu.

Thursday, March 14

‘TALENT OVER TIME’ The Pomona Valley Art Association exhibit, “Talent Over Time,” featuring the students of Elizabeth Preston, opens today at Montclair Place Mall, on the second floor between Nordstrom and Gallery Soho. The show is up through April 3. An opening reception takes place tomorrow, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. More info is at pvaa.net or (909) 624-4900.

Friday, March 15

‘TEXT ME THAT’ OPENS Two Sisters Productions presents a free and open to the public reception for “Text Me That,” an art exhibition and sale from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ginger Elliott Exhibition Center at Memorial Park, 840 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. The show is comprised of original theme-based art. The exhibition continues Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info is available via email at jwpgoat@verizon.net.

Saturday, March 16

CLIMATE, SOCIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP Pilgrim Place and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church are co-sponsoring a free workshop, “Climate and Social Justice Workshop,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Place, 660 Avery Rd., Claremont. The event, which includes lunch, promises “a comprehensive look at local efforts to answer Pope Francis’ call to ‘hear the cry of the earth and cry of the poor’ (Laudato Si, 2015).” Seven speakers from Uncommon Good, Volunteers of America, Sustainable Claremont, Inland Valley Hope Partners and writers on urban planning, pollution and stewardship will take part. Make reservations or get more info at olaclaremont.org, or by calling (909) 626-3596.

PETER AND THE WOLF Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra presents A Concert for Children with selections from Peter and The Wolf at 11 at Bridges Hall of Music, 150 E. Fourth St., Claremont (Pomona College). Audience participation is encouraged, with prizes for everyong. Admission is free.

BIT O’GREEN Ophelia’s Jump will host “Bit o' the Green,” an evening of music and merriment from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Claremont, 343 W. 12th St., with silent and live auctions. Tickets are $50 presale; $75 at the door. For more information, call Ophelia's Jump at (909) 734-6565 or visit opheliasjump.org.